After Halloween, it seems like the holidays are literally here in a flash. Thanksgiving, it feels like, comes within minutes, and within an hour, we're at Christmas.

I don't know if it's the fact that many stores have already had Christmas displays up since a few days before Halloween or the fact that these traditional holiday cups at Starbucks get unveiled earlier and earlier each year, but they're officially back for 2021.


Things like the Peppermint Mocha, Caramel Brulee Latte, Chestnut Praline Latte, Toasted White Chocolate Mocha, Irish Cream Cold Brew, Sugar Plum Danish, Cranberry Bliss Bar, and Snowman Cookie will all be some tastes of the season.

I'm not much for flavored coffee drinks, but I do indulge in the Peppermint Mocha every year and that will no doubt be the case again this year.

On a side note, if you or someone you know is looking for a job, Starbucks is hiring in many spots with pay starting at $15/hour, and you can work your way up to $23/hour with some pretty good benefits too. Not to mention employee discounts!

Waking up at 3 am - sometimes earlier - coffee is a necessity for me to function on a daily basis. So if you're like me and love/need coffee, in addition to Starbucks, there are plenty of other local spots that have awesome coffee with some fun holiday-themed drinks as well, just not the fancy cups.

Here are a few of our favorites....our 10 favorite coffee shops in Northern Colorado.

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